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5 Great Reasons to Eat Guacamole for Glowing Skin

​Guacamole is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fatty acids

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Guacamole, a popular food used for dips, spreads, and sauces, is made from avocados, spices, tomatoes, and other vegetables to add zest and flavor. Avocados are the main ingredient used to make guacamole and are packed with healthy vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are good for the skin.  Here are five reasons to enjoy guacamole on a regular basis:

1) Avocados are Rich in Vitamins A, E, and K

One half of an avocado contains 43 ug vitamin A, 1.3 mg vitamin E, and 14 ug vitamin K. Vitamin A helps skin cells properly divide, differentiate, and proliferate.[1,2] Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and has been shown to improve sun damage to skin,[3] reduce the risk of skin cancer,[4] and minimize signs of photoaging.[5] 

Avacados cut in half and sprinkled with spices on a white table Credit: ​stevepb at Pixabay.com 

2) Healthy Fatty Acids for Your Skin

One half of an avocado contains over 6.7 g of fatty acids; 71% monounsaturated fatty acids, 13% polyunsaturated fatty acids, and 16% saturated fatty acids.[6] The fatty acid levels in avocados help promote a healthy blood lipid profile and improve the bioavailability of fat-soluble vitamins. The skin needs fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K to perform its many functions. 

guacamole with chopped tomatoes and cilantro on a white plate with hot sauce Credit: kochtopf at Foter.com

3) Guacamole Is Packed with Fiber

Avocados and other vegetables used to make guacamole contribute a significant amount of dietary fiber, up to 13 g per avocado. Dietary fiber slows digestion and prevents a sharp rise in blood sugar and insulin. Fiber may help prevent acne from being triggered or worsened by insulin spikes.[7]

avocados on a white plate on a wooden table Credit: ponce_photography at Pixabay.com 

4) Polyhydroxylated Fatty Alcohols

Avocado derived compounds known as polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols reduce inflammation and may reduce damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light on skin cells.[8]

 avocados cut in half with minced red bell peppers onions and cilantro in a white bowl on a wooden cutting board Credit: iLikeSpoons at Foter.com

5) Tomatoes Provide a Rich Source of Lycopene

Tomatoes are an important ingredient in guacamole and they are rich in lycopene. Lycopene gives fruits and vegetables a rich red color and is a potent antioxidantIt has been shown to prevent against UV-induced skin damage[9] and may even reduce eczema-like symptoms.[10]

 chubby baby wearing an orange shirt holding an avocado Credit: ponce_photography at Pixabay.com

 

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